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No. 54 Accents, Teaching Recipes, a Personalized Vocabulary Training Tool (2010年01月10日)

カテゴリー: The Treasure Hunt Club
Marcel Van Amelsvoort
(Kanagawa Prefectural College of Foreign Studies)
Welcome to 2010. Happy New Year everyone. This month, I’d like to
introduce a site which has collected spoken samples of speakers from
629 languages speaking the same short paragraph in English, some sites
where you can find or share teaching ideas, and a site learners can
use for self-study of vocabulary.

The Speech Accent Archive. This site allows us to hear the different
accents of native and non-native speakers of English all reading out
the same short paragraph. As a language teacher who occasionally has
non-Japanese in my classes, this site can be great for helping me
understand the phonetic challenges of these learners. It’s also great
(educational) fun listening for anyone interested in languages (and I
think I could include my own students in this group). There is also
phonological information about each of the 629 languages. A great
resource! http://accent.gmu.edu/index.php

There have always been many language teaching “recipe” sites on the
web, sites where teachers can get ideas for activities to use in their
classes. Recently, several interactive versions have appeared. You can
browse for content, download what you like, and upload your own ideas
and/or activities. These sites can be a great source for ideas,
worksheets, and visual cues like cards. With a little editing the
digital content can be adjusted to match your learners exactly. The
content at the sites can be quite mixed in terms of quality, but here
are two that are worth a look.
Teaching Recipes: http://teachingrecipes.com/
Creative Chalk: http://creativechalk.com/

Many months ago I introduced iKnow as a web 2.0-type learning tool.
It seems that iKnow, previously aimed primarily at Japan, has been
taken over and transformed into Smart.fm. It’s a lot more fun now and
there is more control by users over the delivery of the content. It is now
more game-like, too. The present owners have also adapted a more
global view―the site is ready to be used with any content, by any
learners in the world. There is presently at lot of content for learning the
Japanese language, for example. But you are free to upload your own
content for your own learners. Contrast this site with Quizlet
(http://quizlet.com/), now with voice recognition, to find the best
one for your needs and learners. http://smart.fm/

Take care and see you in February.